The world’s most remote destinations are often the most exceptional. From the lofty peaks of Bhutan to the breathtaking reefs surrounding Indonesia’s fabled Spice Islands, Aman seeks ways to make these destinations accessible. This October sees the launch of two new journeys of discovery: the first, an 18-day private jet expedition across China, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka; The second, a 10-day sailing adventure taking place just once a year aboard Amandira through the Spice Islands and the magnificent Raja Ampat region.
Aman Private Jet Expedition
9-26 October 2016
Accommodating just eight guests,this expedition aboard a Gulf stream G200 unfolds to reveal Asia’s cradles of civilisation from an utterly unique perspective. Hosted by an Aman General Manager to add a personal touch, this journey offers the most insightful excursions at each Aman and a rare sojourn through four different countries in just 18 days.
The journey begins in China’s historic capital, Beijing, at Aman Summer Palace. Set alongside the UNESCO-protected garden estate that gives the resort its name, Aman Summer Palace is the ideal base from which to explore Beijing’s World Heritage Sites, from the Forbidden City to the Great Wall.
Providing a picturesque contrast with Beijing’s urban edge, it is Amandayan in the rural splendour of Lijiang that next welcomes guests. Overlooking the UNESCO-protected Old Town and Yunnan Province’s regal mountain range, Amandayan is situated atop Lion Hill, in the heart of this ancient town.
From Lijiang, a private jet transfer takes just one hour to Paro in the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Renowned for its deep spirituality and astounding natural beauty, Bhutan is home to Amankora, a collection of five intimate lodges throughout the Buddhist Kingdom’s central and western valleys. Amankora Paro and Amankora Thimpu will host guests, and offer guided exploration of renowned cultural sites including the clifftop Tiger’s Nest Monastery in the upper Paro valley and Paro Dzong.
Following their journey through Bhutan, guests will depart for Jaipur in India, for an afternoon of guided experiences including the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and Johri Bazaar, before a private transfer to Amanbagh in Rajasthan’s rugged Aravalli Hills. After two days at this Mughal-inspired oasis with excursions to Bhangarh and colourful local villages, guests will be transported to Aman’s tented camp on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khas. A full-day safari in the National Park, will offer the chance of seeing India’s magnificent tigers, Chital deer and more.
Guests will then fly south arriving in Sri Lanka to spend two nights at Amangalla in Galle Fort, and a further two nights on the beach at Amanwella near Tangalle. Amangalla is the gracious grand dame of Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the colonial charm of the 16th century. The perfect contrast, Amanwella is a contemporary Bawa-esque beachside resort offering easy access to ancient temples and the region’s national parks.
This expedition encapsulates the opportunity to discover Asia’s ancient history and experience a variety of heritage and culture all in one unique journey.
Aman Spice Island Expedition
21-31 October 2016
As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is home to many of the globe’s most beautiful islands. This ten day voyage explores the ancient spice routes and the region known as Raja Ampat aboard Amandira.
Amandira, a two-masted sailing vessel measuring 52 metres from bow to stern, was handcrafted by the Konjo tribe. A traditional Phinisi vessel, it combines the ancient romance of the spice trade with cutting-edge contemporary amenities, Amandira accommodates up to ten guests and a crew of ten(including a private chef and dive master) to cater to guests’ every need.
Situated four and a half degrees south of the equator, the Spice Islands are tiny verdant islets in the Banda Sea. Sought after for their coveted nutmeg that could only be found there, the islands today are a serene tropical paradise. Offering an extraordinary experience for scuba divers, the islands boast an underwater oasis with vibrant coral reefs, teeming with marine life where guests can snorkel, dive, fish, paddle-board or kayak. Above water, the islands are covered in tropical forest and fringed with powder white beaches. Enchanting villages are scattered over five of the islands, while old Dutch forts can be explored on Banda Neira, Besar and Run, offering a glimpse into the islands’ fascinating past. All the while, Gunung Api, Banda’s ‘Fire Mountain’, broods over the islands. At 666 metres it is easily summited, and provides spectacular views of the archipelago.
Following the Spice Island exploration, the vessel sets course for Raja Ampat. A region renowned for its biodiversity, Raja Ampat encompasses over 40,000 square kilometres and 1500 islands in the north east seas of the Indonesian Archipelago, where the Pacific meets the Indian Ocean. The resulting currents stir up nutrient-rich water, which along with the tropical climate, nurtures magnificent coral reefs and unparalleled marine life. Guests are able to scuba dive and snorkel daily as well as explore the hidden jungle caves of Tolomol, kayak through giant sea caverns and visit a pearl farm.
Amanikan, Aman’s 32-metre Phinisi offers three spacious cabins with contemporary facilities,is also available for the tenday Spice Island Expedition in 2017.
With activities abound both on land and beneath the waves, this adventure of a lifetime allows guests to experience a part of the world completely untouched by time.